ret·​ro·​gres·​sion | \ˌre-trə-ˈgre-shən \

Definition of retrogression 

2 : return to a former and less complex level of development or organization

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Synonyms & Antonyms for retrogression


regression, reversion


advancement, development, evolution, progression

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Examples of retrogression in a Sentence

social instability that has led to a retrogression of moral values and standards of decent behavior

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Such were the devolutions and betrayals in those days, and retrogressions to the ways of shame. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Book of Donald," 4 Oct. 2018 The plan will avoid retrogression in the position of racial minorities and language minorities as defined in the Voting Rights Act with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land appoints redistricting committee, solicits public input," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of retrogression

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of retrogression was in 1604

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ret·​ro·​gres·​sion | \ˌre-trə-ˈgresh-ən \

Medical Definition of retrogression 

: a reversal in development or condition: as

a : return to a former and less complex level of development or organization

b : subsidence or decline of symptoms or manifestations of a disease

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